Looking to buy a new car this year? Before you do, check out our comprehensive list of the important new models coming to market
15 February 2019

Think the new car market is slowing down? Think again. Buyers are returning to dealers as they launch ever more tempting offers, and there's a huge amount of new models on the way.

Before 2019 draws to a close we'll see important releases due from Porsche, Volkswagen, BMW, Toyota and many, many other manufacturers. Before you head to a showroom to commit to buying something, check out what we'll be seeing on sale in the next few months here in the UK.

The first half of the year looks packed, as manufacturers gear up their displays for the all-important Geneva motor show.

Here is your one-stop shop for keeping up to date with what's coming when in the car industry. 

Contents

Part 1: February - April |  | Part 3: September - December

 

February

Aston Martin Vantage Manual

Since it was launched in 2018, Aston Martin’s Porsche 911 rival has only been available with an automatic box, but in 2019 it will be offered with a manual gearbox. It will be the first time that the AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine has been mated to a manual gearbox.

The new car promises a more involved driving experience, although replacing the ZF eight-speed auto with a manual unit is likely to add a couple of tenths to the Vantage’s 3.5sec 0-62mph time.

2019 Aston Martin Vantage will be first to mate manual gearbox to AMG V8

Audi A6 Allroad

Need space and off-roading ability but detest the idea of a hulking great SUV? Audi’s much-loved A6 Allroad will make a comeback early this year. The formula stays largely the same as before: take the standard A6, raise it off the ground by a few centimetres with beefed-up suspension, and protect the lower body from bumps and scrapes with plastic body cladding and front and rear skidplates. 

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Much of the rest of the Allroad will remain similar to the rest of the A6 range, but less engines are expected to be offered. We’ll see a new off-road mode combining with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system for enough potential in the rough stuff to make it a realistic alternative to an SUV. 

BMW i3 120kWh

It’s amazing to think the BMW i3 is nearly six years old. The game-changing small EV looks futuristic even today, while updates to the car’s powertrain and battery have kept it feeling current in the face of premium car makers catching up. But EVs are getting more useable by the month, so BMW has updated the i3 with a new 120Ah battery pack. 

The new lithium-ion unit is claimed to offer a range that’s nearly 30% better under everyday driving conditions, at 193 miles for the standard car and 177 miles for the faster i3s.

Updated BMW i3 gets longer range

Cupra Ateca

The Cupra name has been around for decades and appeared on a number of hot Seats, giving it the necessary badge kudos for Seat to branch it off as a dedicated brand. Along with a quirky new logo, the brand’s first model – the Ateca – gets a 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and four-wheel drive to help it stand out from the more humdrum Seat-badged version of the SUV. 

The Spanish car maker also plans a bespoke Cupra model, a compact crossover that will be revealed in the spring. Confusingly, the Leon Cupra hot hatch is still on sale with Seat badges, but building a stand-alone brand takes time, and in the next few years, Cupra will expand to include more models. 

Whether or not the separation will make sense to buyers remains to be seen, but for the time being, the Seat and Cupra brands still feel very closely aligned.

Cupra Ateca review

Ford Focus Active

Ford wants to ‘focus’ on profit-making SUVs and commercial vehicles in Europe in future, but it’s also introducing some rugged inspiration to its traditional models. The Focus Active will sit part-way between the standard Focus and a Kuga, offering a 30mm increase in ride height, some rugged body cladding and tougher interior materials.

New 2018 Ford Focus unveiled as brand's 'most advanced' model in Europe

Honda CR-V Hybrid

Honda launched its all-new CR-V in the UK late last year, with a conventional 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. February will see the addition of a clever new multi-mode hybrid powertrain, promising more than 50mpg in the real-world without a performance compromise. 

Honda CR-V Hybrid AWD SR 2018 review

Honda NSX

Honda’s long-awaited NSX is already in danger of being left behind, what with an all-new 911 and competitors such as the Audi R8 receiving updates. So for 2019, the Japanese supercar gets an upgrade package. Styling changes are few and far between; Honda has instead focused on improvements to the car’s suspension and chassis control systems. The revisions are said to contribute to a two-second lap time improvement around Japan’s famed Suzuka circuit.

Honda NSX sharpened for 2019 with chassis upgrades

Kia Proceed

Reinventing an established model as something else doesn’t happen often, which is why Kia’s change of the ProCeed from a three-door hatchback to a five-door ‘shooting brake’ estate is significant. Less people than ever are buying three-door models, and the Korean brand is hoping that entering a niche occupied by cars such as the popular Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is the way forward. Our drive of the new model, due in UK showrooms soon, showed a car with a few foibles but real dynamic promise.

Kia Proceed 1.6 T-GDi GT 2019 review

Mercedes-AMG A35

Mercedes’ old A-Class had a substantial gap in its trim range from the more humble engines to the hard-charging, four-wheel drive A45. Step forward the A35. 

Still AMG-tuned, and designed to compete with the VW Golf R at a more reasonable price point,  it compares well with 302bhp, four-wheel drive retained and plenty of racy styling add-ons.

Mercedes-AMG A 35 review

Mercedes-Benz CLA

Another example of Mercedes entering niches that nobody else bothers with, the CLA four-door small coupe has actually proven so popular that rivals, such as BMW, are racing models to market to keep up. A swoopy new version of the model will sit alongside the more straight-laced and practical A-Class saloon platform-sharer, benefitting from that car’s dazzling array of new tech. There’s going to be another version of the Shooting Brake estate, too.

New 2019 Mercedes CLA: AMG-tuned 35 and 45 versions spotted

Renault Mégane RS Trophy

The Renault Mégane RS Trophy, traditionally the range-topping version of the hot hatch, follows soon after the ‘regular’ Mégane RS. It gets more power, with the 1.8 turbo engine now tuned for 296bhp (up 20bhp), with torque increased from 288lb ft to 310lb ft, if you choose the dual-clutch gearbox.

There are a host of other tweaks to improve the throttle response, stiffen the suspension and reduce weight, and new Recaro seats inside along with other design tweaks. At £32,000, our testers found the Mégane RS Trophy good value compared to adding kit to a standard RS, but while enjoyable to drive felt it no longer stood apart from rivals such as the Hyundai i30 N and Honda Civic Type R.

Renault Megane RS Trophy 2018 review

Subaru Forester

The fifth generation of the rugged Subaru Forester crossover was revealed at the 2018 New York motor show, and is due to reach the UK early this year. Built on Subaru’s Global Platform, the capable off-roader has received only minimal styling changes, and is offered in the US with a 2.5-litre flat four engine and all-wheel drive. 

UK specifications and pricing have yet to be confirmed, but expect the estate-cum-SUV styling to continue to appeal to a rural audience.

New Subaru Forester unveiled in New York

March

Audi S6

It was only a matter of time before Audi’s latest A6 was given the S treatment by Audi’s performance engineers. This generation of S6 may put off purists, as the hot saloon and estate has gone from a V10 in the mid-2000s model, to a V8 in the outgoing car, to a newly downsized 2.9-litre V6.

It’s the engine shared with the RS4 Avant, however, so expect more firepower and, crucially, greater efficiency. It’ll still be four-wheel drive, too, while Audi is likely to draft in its new all-wheel steering system to improve low-speed stability and high-speed agility. 

Next Audi S6 due on roads next year with Panamera 2.9 V6

BMW Z4

The result of a shared development programme between BMW and Toyota, the third-generation Z4 roadster arrives before its platform-sharing counterpart, the reborn Supra. Whereas the Toyota is only available as a coupe, the Z4 is drop-top only, and early impressions suggest it’ll trade a touch of the Supra’s driver appeal for a more comfort-focused driving experience. That’s not to say it’s slow, however - the range-topping M40i puts out 335bhp from a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six. More humble variants are also available, unlike the Toyota.

BMW Z4 review

BMW 3 Series

A premium, compact executive saloon honed as a real driver’s car, the 3 Series has essentially defined BMW since the mid-seventies. Now there’s a new one, and rather than claim everything is bigger and better, BMW is shouting about how it’s returned to having the most driver appeal in its class. Initial impressions certainly reflect that, but the rest of the package hasn’t been forgotten about. 

There’s more space for passengers, greater quality throughout and an interior that borrows some of the dazzling array of tech from the bigger 5 Series. It could regain the crown as Britain’s best-selling compact executive from the Mercedes C-Class when it arrives in the spring. 

New BMW 3 Series launched with renewed driver focus

Honda HR-V 1.5 T

Honda’s revival of the HR-V name hasn’t been a dramatic sales success in the vein of the Nissan Juke. Indeed, when it was facelifted last year, we didn’t really notice. However, the addition of a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, making a stout 180bhp, brings a little more appeal to Autocar readers this Spring. 

2019 Honda HR-V gets 180bhp sport trim package

Hyundai i30 Fastback N and N-Line

Hyundai hit the sweet spot with its first hot hatch in the i30 N, using European engineering influence to give the established makers a seriously hard time. Soon, those who want something a bit more style-led will be catered for by the i30 Fastback N - using the same running gear imported into a swoopy compact saloon body. 

The Audi S3 saloon rival will also come as an N-Line version, using more humdrum petrol and diesel engine choices but offering the desired sporty styling and plenty of equipment upgrades.

Hyundai expands N Line range with i30 Fastback

Hyundai Nexo 

With a 279-mile range and sub-£30k price, the Kona Electric furthers the cause of EVs as viable, affordable cars. Now Hyundai aims to do the same for hydrogen cars. The Nexo is a large SUV that feature a bespoke look inside and out to go with the car’s fuel cell powertrain. It offers up a range of more than 400 miles and, while its circa-£65k price is steep, it could show that battery-electric isn’t the only path to a zero-emissions future. 

Hyundai Nexo review

Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Production delays have seen Jaguar’s hottest car that isn’t an F-Type, the scorching F-Pace SVR SUV, pushed from last July to this Spring. It’s nearly here, however, aiming to give the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 a proper fight with Jaguar’s snarling 5.0-litre supercharged V8 propelling it from zero to 62mph in just 4.3sec. The brand claims it’ll handle, too, and given it’s one of the best premium SUVs to drive in standard form, we’re inclined to believe them. 

542bhp Jaguar F-Pace SVR squares up to Porsche Macan Turbo

Lamborghini Hurácan and Hurácan Spyder

It was inevitable that after Audi facelifted the R8 late last year, Lamborghini would follow with a similar upgrade package for its Hurácan sibling. The Italian supercar has been on sale since 2014 with only minor upgrades, with rivals from McLaren and Ferrari moving the game on since. As well as some visual, aero-enhancing tweaks, we’ll see upgrades to the interior. Mechanically, expect more power from the Hurácan’s 5.2-litre V10 (like the R8) as well as some chassis and software upgrades to help you make the most of the extra grunt. Following soon after the hard-top’s Spring launch will be the debut of the updated Spyder drop-top, too.

New Lamborghini Huracán Evo: updated 2019 supercar revealed​

Lexus UX

Lexus’s market share pales in comparison to the Germans’, but the new UX is set to lead the brand’s sales charge. Entering the fiercly competitive compact SUV sector, the UX has the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and Audi Q3 in its sights and the design should offer the unique, contemporary appeal that buyers in this segment crave. It’s also ahead of many of its rivals by launching with a hybrid from the off - though not a plug-in, instead Lexus’ tried-and-tested self-charging powertrain. Typical quality and reliability from the Japanese firm should feature, too. 

Lexus UX crossover priced from £29,900 in the UK

Mercedes-AMG GT

Mercedes-AMG’s flagship model was conceived to go toe-to-toe with the Porsche 911. So naturally, not long after Porsche’s new generation sports car launches, the AMG GT will also receive a range of updates to keep it in contention. Minor styling revisions and an interior redesign are joined by changes to the chassis, new driver assist technology and a track-focused GT R Pro model aimed at the 911 GT3 RS. 

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT range topped by hardcore GT R Pro

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

It might be a surprise to see a new, small MPV launching in 2019 given the segment’s sharp decline, but Mercedes is usually the last to abandon a niche market. Nevertheless, the B-Class makes a return, bringing a new platform base from the A-Class alongside an evolutionary look. The interior, like its sibling, has taken a substantial step forward, while it claims to offer more versatility than similarly sized and priced crossovers.

New Mercedes-Benz B-Class to cost from £26,975

Mercedes-AMG 4-Door Coupe

Another one targeted at Mercedes-AMG’s Stuttgart bedfellow, Porsche, the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe primarily exists to challenge range-topping versions of the Panamera. More of a full-on grand tourer than an AMG GT with an extra pair of doors, it packs curvy looks, serious V8 performance and typical Mercedes luxury into one package. 

Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe review

Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman T

The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman will gain new ‘T’ performance versions, which will feature the lowered sport chassis previously only seen on the range-topping S models. The T (standing for Touring) versions will feature the standard 296bhp 2.0-litre flat four from the base models, with a six-speed manual gearbox and a host of performance-inspired tweaks and design upgrades. The engine allows both cars to achieve 0-62mph in 5.1sec, with a top speed of 171mph.

The 718 Cayman T will cost from £51,145, with the 718 Boxster T starting at £53,005.

Porsche launches 'dynamic' 718 Boxster T and Cayman T variants

Porsche 911

While the electric Porsche Taycan that will arrive this year represents a revolution for the firm, the 992-generation 911 is a very comforting evolution. Familiar looks, familiar six-cylinder turbo petrol engines and – we’re promised – familiar driving experience. There are some winning formulas you just don’t mess with.

But don’t think nothing has changed: Porsche has made a lot of small tweaks under the skin, in a bid to ensure the new 911 is a clear improvement on its predecessor. That includes some new tech, including a new sensor that automatically detects when the road is wet and can adjust performance accordingly.

The rear-wheel drive Carrera S and four-wheel drive Carrera 4S arrive first, both offering 444bhp. Less powerful Carrera and Carrera 4, and more powerful GTS and Turbo, models will follow. The GT3, likely retaining normally aspirated power, will arrive in 2020. The first plug-in hybrid 911 is expected to arrive nearer 2022.

New 2019 Porsche 911: eighth-generation sports car revealed

Seat Tarraco

Seat’s fortunes have been transformed by the success of the Ateca and Arona SUVs, and it now completes its range with the large Tarraco. Only available in the UK as a seven-seater (it is offered elsewhere with five seats), the Skoda Kodiaq rival launches with a range of petrol and diesel engines, and with two- or four-wheel drive, and prices starting from £28,320.

It features the introduction of Seat’s latest design language, including a more roomy interior built with a large centrally mounted touchscreen. While it faces tough competition in the large SUV category, our first drive in the car did reveal that it offered slightly livelier handling than most.

Seat Tarraco review

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is back! The nameplate returns to the UK market after 13 years, attached to the new hatchback and Touring Sports estate models that were originally going to be known as the next-generation Auris.

Built in Britain, the Ford Focus rival sits on on the Toyota New Generation Architecture and comes with the choice of a 1.2-litre petrol or 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrids.

Pricing will start from £21,300 when the new Corolla hatchback goes in sale in March.

Pricing confirmed for new 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback

April

BMW 7 Series

Four years is a long time in the car world - particularly when you’re one of the German ‘big three’. That’s how old BMW’s current 7-Series is, which is set to be brought into line with its newer siblings with a facelift this year. Styling-wise, the car will also follow cars such as the X7 SUV, with significantly larger kidney grilles on the cards judging by prototype spyshots. 

Expect to see an even more dazzling array of technology on offer, plus a renewed focus on efficiency, with an improved plug-in hybrid offering bringing more range and power, plus tweaks to all other engines. 

2019 BMW 7 Series: new pictures of high-tech saloon shows X7 influence

BMW 8 Series Convertible

BMW’s reborn flagship coupe will morph into three bodystyles in total, with the inevitable Cabriolet set to launch next. Rivalling cars such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, the drop-top 8 Series serves as the indirect replacement for the 6 Series Convertible. The multi-layer fabric roof opens in just 15 seconds, and can do so at speeds up to 31mph. 

The engine range will mirror the coupe, with an entry-level 840d diesel joined by an M850i xDrive boasting a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8. But that won’t be the quickest 8 Series launched this year...

New BMW 8 Series convertible debuts at LA

BMW X2 M35i

The Audi SQ2 won’t have it all its own way, with BMW bringing a hot version of the style-focused X2 SUV into dealerships this spring. It’ll be the only four-cylinder M Performance offering in BMW’s range (until the new M130i arrives later in the year), offering 302bhp and 332 lb ft of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-litre unit. 

It also gets four-wheel drive, but is slightly slower from 0-62mph than the SQ2 at 4.9 seconds. Suspension, chassis and exhaust upgrades, alongside a bodykit and new interior trim, aim to give it the sporty character expected of an M car.

New BMW X2 M35i revealed: the first of the four-pot M cars

BMW X7

BMW has already showcased the crowning model of its ever-growing SUV range to the world, with its first public outing at last year’s LA motor show. It’ll finally go on sale in April, offering a premium alternative to cars such as the Land Rover Defender and Mercedes GLS. The seven-seat SUV aims to provide the opulence of the 7 Series luxury limo with the versatility go-anywhere ability of the latest X5. Prices start at a touch over £70,000, but are expected to rise towards (and possibly above) the six-figure mark once all variants have been released.

BMW X7 makes show debut at LA

Mazda 3

The 3 introduces Mazda’s innovative compression-ignition Skyactiv-X engine, a spark plug-controlled compression ignition petrol unit that promises dramatically improved efficiency over a standard petrol engine. A 30% reduction in fuel consumption during low-speed driving is predicted. 

The fourth-generation 3 will be offered in hatchback and fastback form, both of which are based on a new platform. The swoopy styling should help Mazda’s latest family model stand out.

2019 Mazda 3 introduces innovative compression-ignition petrol engine

McLaren 720S Spider

The second convertible to arrive after the 570S and before the 600LT, the range-topping 720S Spider looks set to be another hit. McLaren claims it is the lightest convertible supercar on sale, which is some feat given its performance potential. Another neatly engineered folding hard-top features here.

McLaren 720S Spider revealed

Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover’s saviour, the Evoque, launched in 2012 and has proved its worth every day since. Sales have hardly dwindled over the past six years, and now there’s a new one, improved in every way. It’s better looking, has more interior space and gets a Velar-derived infotainment system that is a vast improvement on the outgoing model’s. It’s also on a new platform, Premium Transverse Architecture, which allows for electrification. 

For now, every Evoque bar the entry-level diesel is a 48V mild hybrid, but a plug-in hybrid will be introduced within a year. There are some clever off-road driving features, including technology which lets you ‘see’ through the bonnet with camera assistance.

2019 Range Rover Evoque revealed with new tech and mild-hybrid powertrain

Skoda Scala

The Rapid is no more and in its place comes the Scala, which Skoda intends to make a mainstream rival to the Ford Focus by upping levels of interior refinement and equipment.

Built on the same platform as the current seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf, it will be the first car to get the VW Group’s next-generation connected infotainment system, and will only be available in hatchback form. Despite having been previewed with a hybrid powertrain as the Vision RS concept, there are currently no plans to offer it in hybrid form, with petrol and diesel expected for the UK at launch.

2019 Skoda Scala: all-new family hatchback revealed 

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Part 1: January - April | Part 3: September - December

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14 April 2017
The Jaguar I-Pace is probably the most interesting car in the UK this year. The first evidence of the seismic shift that Tesla is creating in the market, but also a great symbol of the energy and foresight of the Jaguar team. Maybe it will be better than the Model X?

Globally the Tesla Model 3 will be the big news IMHO.

Looking forward, it will be fascinating to see how Porsche transitions the 911, one of the most iconic vehicles ever, to hybrid power.

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